Are Blackstar Amps Good Amps?

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Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:26 pm

I recently purchased a Blackstar HT 40 Venue. When I received it I turned it on,let it warm up an started playing. Being a brand new amp I gradually turned it up as to let the new tubes "settle in."
After about forty five minutes the amp started popping really bad an the OD indicator light kept blinking till it just finally quit working! I immediately turned it off an called the dealer. They said that I should leave it off for a while an try again, which to me sounded strange. Anyway I did what they said and it worked fine for the next few days, I was still worried cause this is a new amp. Anyway at band practice about an hour into practice it started doing it again, this time I sent it back. I'm currently waiting on the new one but I'm starting to get sceptical cause I've done a lot of research an it seems like a lot of people are having trouble with Blackstar. I love the amp, the tones I get are amazing but I want a workhorse not a problem! Has anyone had any experience with this, if so please share. Not trying to make Blackstar look bad but I told my dealer that if this new amp is faulty I'm gonna go with a different amp.

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Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:17 pm

It sounds like you got a faulty one, but that's not the case with the HT line. I've had my HT-20 and HT-5 for over two years now with no issues whatsoever...and I beat the crap out of both. The only thing I've done is change tubes. Not because there was a problem...I just put better ones in.

The people who are most vocal are the ones that have an issue. I guarantee you for every problem you read about, there's a few hundred folks happily playing their amps. It's nothing like the problem Egnater's had a few years ago....1 in every 10 amps was faulty out of the box.

Quite honestly, it sounds like it was either a bad ground or a faulty tube. Regardless, the amp is brand new and they should give you a new one.

I'm skeptical of the dealer you bought it from though...if an amp starts making popping noises something is wrong. Since it was right out of the box, the first thing they should have said was "bring it back and we'll get you a new one". Turning it off and trying again later will not fix the problem. :roll:

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Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:27 am

No they are horrible amps. Don't get one. Tell everyone you know you think they are bad and stay away them.

I want to have this killer tone all to myself Muaaaahhhaaaaaa :twisted:

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Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:53 pm

Thanks for the replies, I to believe it was either a bad tube or faulty ground. I'm currently waiting on the new one I sent it back yesterday. I really want to love this amp cause it is so versatile! If I want ac/dc type OD it's there, Stevie Ray Vaughan it's there, Judas priest its there, etc etc etc! No matter where I set this amp a killer tone comes forth! I'll update you guys on the new amp when it gets here.

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Thu Mar 05, 2015 1:10 pm

Every amp manufacturer will put out a defective product here and there. You just got unlucky with the one you bought. Also, a defective product is a defective product, and turning it off and back on will not fix it. The guy who told you to do that is an idiot.

I have had a Series One 200, HT100 and an ID60 four a couple of years now, as well as an ID Core 20, which I've had for many months, and I have not had an issue with any of these amps. I've gigged with the Series One and the HT, and they have not failed me yet.

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